With the excitement of the first Great British Sewing Bee only just settling, a big, beautiful book landed in our laps. Tessa Evelegh’s companion book is true to the programme’s format – one touch how-to, one touch ogling beautiful clothes and an occasional dip into the history of sewing in Britain.
Having only seen the first Sewing Bee, it’s hard to tell how many of the projects in the book have been translated directly from the little screen to the page, but at a glance, we can see Tilly’s collar blouse and Stuart’s patterned shift dress recreated (and this time properly constructed) from last week’s episode. If they are all from the series, then we’re pre-rooting for the contestant behind the gorgeous tweed hacking jacket, a more challenging project, but one that has us even more inspired to get to grips with our sewing machine. Another of our picks is a rather dashing floor cushion for which we just need to find the perfect fabric.
With the pattern papers ready in the back of the book to get started, the Great British Sewing Bee book is a great place to start if you’ve had a sewing revelation. You might pick up the odd tip here and there from the TV, but for getting down to the knitty gritty of sewing for yourself, we think you should take a chance on Tessa’s book. With home décor, children’s clothes and a particularly generous number of patterns for men, it does the ‘something for everyone’ trick nicely, no matter whether you’re more a Lauren, Ann or Mark.
This post marks the start of our blog tour, which we've organised in honour of the start of the TV show and the launch of the book. Tomorrow, head over to Sami Teasdale's lovely blog, Teasemade, where you'll find her review of this beautiful book.
And! We've got one copy of it to give away to one lucky Crafty fan. To win, just answer this quick question:
Who presents The Great British Sewing Bee?
Click here to enter. The very best of luck!
Don't forget to check out the rest of the bloggers taking part in our fun little tour and posting their own reviews. They are Peas & Needles on 10th April, Handmade Jane on 11th April, Did You Make That? on 12th April, My Happy Sewing Place on 13th April and House of Pinheiro on 14th April.